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With a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in the Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP), you are prepared to sit for the National Certification Examination; and certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Graduates of the NAP program have 100% NCE passage and employment rates.

The Nurse Anesthesia Program is 28 months of continuous coursework including didactic and clinical practicum. All students are enrolled full-time and there is no part-time option. Various teaching methods are utilized throughout the curriculum including distance education via videoconferencing.

Clinical practicum is scheduled to afford the student the maximum opportunity to meet the case requirements mandated by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and varies from the Lourdes University academic calendar. Graduates of the NAP program have 100% NCE passage and employment rates.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Graduation from a nationally accredited nursing program or a bachelor’s degree in nursing or other appropriate major from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Transcripts of undergraduate courses may be reviewed by program advisor prior to application process at applicant’s request.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Course content and a grade of 3.0 or better within the last 10 years in Anatomy and Physiology, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
  • A current, unrestricted license as a registered nurse in any state
  • A minimum of one year (within the last five years) as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a critical care area prior to matriculation
  • Current BLS, ACLS and PALS
  • Current CCRN
  • Complete and submit the Graduate Application for Admission and pay a non-refundable $50 application fee. For more information please contact Student Accounts at 419-824-3727.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation using the Lourdes University recommender form. Recommendations must be from the following individuals: a physician, an immediate supervisor, and a peer the applicant has worked closely with in the critical care area.
  • Have completed a minimum shadowing experience of 1-2 days (8-16 hours) with a CRNA or anesthesiologist. NAP Shadowing Experience Form
  • Complete a graduate level statistics course prior to matriculation
  • Critical Care Work Experience Form
  • Submit a current curriculum vitae or resume and statement of purpose. The statement of purpose (500 words) should answer the following:
    • Why you have chosen nurse anesthesia as a profession?
    • Why you have chosen a faith based institution?
    • Why you have chosen Lourdes University?
  • Complete a satisfactory interview (by invitation only)

NOTE: The administration of the Nurse Anesthesia Program reserves the right to offer and allow adjustments to the admission requirements or processes on an individual case basis while remaining consistent with the University’s policy of nondiscrimination in its admission processes.

Program Accreditation

Lourdes University MSN Nurse Anesthesia Program and Graduate Nurse Anesthesia Certificate are fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs through fall 2026.

*Next consideration of continued accreditation scheduled in spring 2026.

Lourdes University NAP program received the full 10-year accreditation, the maximum accreditation allowed.

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
Address: 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
Phone: 847-655-1160
Email: accreditation@coa.us.com

Program Statistics

Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) Statistics Inaugural (Cohort 1)

  • 13 students enrolled in inaugural NAP Cohort
  • 8% attrition rate
  • 92% Graduation rate
  • 83% NCE (Board) 1st-time pass rate
  • 100% NCE (Board) pass rate by March 1, 2014
  • 100% of graduates have been employed or secured employment within 3 months of graduation. Many of the graduates have positions in the clinical facilities which serve as clinical practicum sites for the NAP

Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) Statistics (Cohort 2)

  • 12 students enrolled in NAP Cohort 2
  • 8% attrition rate
  • 92% Graduation rate
  • 91% NCE (Board) 1st-time pass rate
  • 100% NCE (Board) pass rate by March 1, 2015
  • 100% Employment by March, 2015. Many of the graduates have positions in the clinical facilities which serve as clinical practicum sites for the Nurse Anesthesia Program

Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) Statistics Cohort 3

  • 13 students enrolled in the NAP Cohort
  • 8% attrition rate
  • 92% Graduation rate
  • 67% NCE (Board) 1st-time pass rate
  • 83% NCE (Board) pass rate by December 31, 2015
  • 100% NCE (Board) pass rate by April 1, 2016
  • 100% of graduates were employed by graduation December, 2015. The graduates have positions in the clinical facilities which serve as clinical practicum sites for the NAP

Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) Statistics Cohort 4

  • 15 students enrolled in the NAP Cohort
  • 14% attrition rate
  • 86% Graduation rate
  • 69% NCE (Board) 1st-time pass rate
  • 92% NCE (Board) pass rate by April, 2017
  • 100% of graduates were employed by graduation December, 2016. Most of the graduates have positions in the clinical facilities which serve as clinical practicum sites for the NAP. Our graduates also took positions in other facilities.

Lourdes MSN:NAP program ranks 6th in nation for affordability